Howard's knee a concern as Magic face Spurs tonight
Dwight Howard went through a limited practice on Wednesday, and neither Howard nor the Magic could definitely say the all-star center would play Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.
"Hopefully, it depends on how I feel," Howard said.
Howard missed the final two games of the club's road trip last week.
Coach Stan Van Gundy is counting on Howard playing against the Spurs, but won't know more until it's determined how Howard responds to Wednesday's workout. Van Gundy said Howard is being fitted for a knee brace, and will wear it in practices.
Howard tried to label his knee injury "a bruise" that he sustained during the game at Phoenix last week, but later said that he's had inflammation in it off and on this season. He was held out of several practices earlier this season.
The club said he took an MRI on Tuesday that revealed nothing serious, other than the arthritis and inflammation previous tests have showed.
"It's not bothering me right now," Howard said. "I don't think it's going to be a problem that will stop me from doing the things I do best."
Howard doesn't think having to manage the injury and sit out practices will affect him the rest of the season.
"No, I don't think so," he said. "We just run the whole practice. We do all our work before and after practice individually. I don't think that will be a problem."
Shooting guard Mickael Pietrus also returned to practice Wednesday, but said he likely will not play Thursday. Pietrus has missed nine games with a torn ligament in his thumb.
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The Magic are favored by 3 1/2 points.